Navigation Links
Ben-Gurion U. researchers receive US-AID MERC grant for water project with the Palestinian authority
Date:8/13/2010

BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL, August 13, 2010 -- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's (BGU) Dr. Moshe Herzberg and Prof. Mohammed Saleem Ali-Shtayeh of the Biodiversity and Environmental Research Center (BERC) in Nablus received a significant grant to increase the clean water supply around Israel and the Middle East. This study brings together Israelis and Palestinians to address clean water issues in the West Bank area of Nablus over a five-year period.

The US-AID MERC grant for $659,410 will address biofouling of Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes during reclamation of secondary wastewater. Reverse Osmosis membrane filtration is normally used for desalination and reclamation of secondary effluents, removing organics and undesired salts from water. The grant project, "Reclamation of Secondary Effluents with Reverse Osmosis Membranes (RO): Fouling Mechanisms and Control," will focus on the mechanisms by which microbial biofilm formation on RO membranes ("biofouling") impacts the decrease in membrane performance. It will also suggest novel ways to mitigate biofouling and clean biofouled membranes.

According to Dr. Herzberg, "These techniques can be applied to increase access to clean water supply in the Middle East, especially in the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Purified secondary wastewater is an immediate resource for irrigation and after RO filtration those waters can be used indirectly for drinking."

The researchers, Dr. Moshe Herzberg (BGU), Dr. Osnat Gillor (BGU), Prof. Mohammed Saleem Ali-Shtayeh (BERC) and Dr. Helen Thanh Nguyen, a grant advisor and assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, are planning to characterize and eventually find novel ways to eradicate different biofilms grown on RO membranes. Biofilm characterization will include adhesion properties, microbial community structure, growth kinetics and chemical structure.


'/>"/>

Contact: Andrew Lavin
andrewlavin@alavin.com
516-353-3505
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev professor awarded the 2010 Elkeles Prize for Cancer Research
2. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers identify risks of hypertension in young adults
3. FDA approves trial for type 1 diabetes treatment by Ben-Gurion U. and U. Colorado
4. Ben-Gurion U researchers isolate microalgal strain that could reduce cholesterol
5. Uniform method to interpret autism spectrum disorders is defined at Ben-Gurion University
6. Anti-inflammatory drugs (coxibs) interfere with aspirins clotting ability -- Ben-Gurion U.
7. Heartburn drugs deemed safe for fetuses according to Ben-Gurion University researchers
8. Ben-Gurion University Alzheimers researcher demonstrates specific immune response to vaccine
9. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev technology being developed for use in Jordan desalination plant
10. Ben-Gurion U. developing new computer techniques to analyze historic Hebrew and Arabic documents
11. 1 in 6 health workers wont report in flu pandemic -- study by Ben-Gurion U. researchers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/6/2017)... SINGAPORE , May 5, 2017 ... has just announced a new breakthrough in biometric ... that exploits quantum mechanical properties to perform ... new smart semiconductor material created by Ram Group ... across finance, entertainment, transportation, supply chains and security. ...
(Date:4/17/2017)... 17, 2017 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ... filing of its 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K on Thursday ... ... available in the Investor Relations section of the Company,s website at ... website at http://www.sec.gov . 2016 Year Highlights: ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... ... grow at a CAGR of 30.37% during the period 2017-2021. ... prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry ... over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... May 22, 2017 , ... Cancer diagnostics and ... booth B2 at the Association for Pathology Informatics Annual Summit at ... to demonstrating its Cancer Diagnostic Cockpit and Consultation Portal, Inspirata will present research ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... May 20, 2017 , ... CNSDose is ... trial and error process by finding the right antidepressant faster. CNSDose speeds ... doctor-patient relationship through a personalized approach to treatment. , A peer-reviewed ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... The University City Science Center is ... for commercialization, and who are affiliated with the 21 partner academic and research ... now in its tenth round, is the first multi-institutional proof-of-concept program for the ...
(Date:5/18/2017)... ... May 18, 2017 , ... ... The Tapas Cooking Challenge is a two-hour team-building package designed for groups of ... by Chef Jodi Abel, which include items, such as Blackened Shrimp with Edamame ...
Breaking Biology Technology: